Vandalism at an Apeldoorn apartment left resident Fatiha Chams Eddine (52) too afraid to sleep at home. On Liberation Day the Jewish woman discovered that someone scratched a Star of David and spray-painted the word 'whore' on her basement box in the apartment building where she lives, De Gelderlander reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte kicked off the Liberation Day festivities in the Netherlands on Friday by lighting the liberation fire in Haarlem. The flame was brought from Wageningen to Haarlem last night by a group of blind and visually impaired runners, NOS reports.
Some 1.7 million people currently living in the Netherlands, were alive to witness the liberation of the country at the end of World War II in 1945, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. That amounts to 10.4 percent of the Netherlands population.
Laren has relatively the most residents who were alive to see the WWII liberation, with 19.5 percent of its population. Bergen in Noord-Holland follows with 17.7 percent, and Roosendaal with 17 percent.
The Netherlands can expect a cool, cloudy but mostly dry Liberation Day today, according to Weerplaza. Afternoon temperatures will range between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius. This weekend the cloudy weather will give way for more sunshine and warmer air streaming into the country will increase maximum temperatures to between 15 an 20 degrees.
Just before midnight the liberation fire was lit in front of Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen by mayor Geert van Rumund - officially ending Remembrance Day on May 4th and kicking off the Liberation Day celebrations. Today the Netherlands celebrates freedom and being liberated after World War II.
In the run up to Remembrance Day on Thursday and Liberation Day on Friday, 89-year-old Dick Woudenberg decided to share his story of growing up in a pro-Hitler household. His parents were prominent members of Dutch fascist party NSB, which he himself later joined, and he grew up with a growing adoration for Adolf Hitler, Woudenberg said on RTL Late Night on Tuesday evening.
Most places in the Netherlands should be able to hold the National Commemoration on May 4th without worrying about rain, according to the Dutch weather services. Liberation Day on May 5th should also be dry in most places. Both Remembrance Day and Liberation Day are expected to be cool, with maximum temperatures around 14 degrees Celsius.
Dutch people increasingly believe that an official day off from work should be granted on May 5th, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Netherlands in World War II. Roughly 70 percent of those surveyed by the National Committee 4 and 5 May want Liberation Day to be a day off for all Netherlands employees.
This is an increase from 2016 figures, when 60 percent of respondents wanted the day off. If this were to be realized but in exchange for another holiday, about 30 percent of Dutch people would choose to substitute it for Good Friday.
Dutch citizens have grown more worried about war and terrorism since last year, but feel less concerned about incoming refugees. People also feel most solidarity towards one another during May 4th’s Remembrance Day and May 5th’s World War II Liberation Day celebrations, according to a survey of 900 people released this week.
A call for eyewitnesses of a liberation plane landing in Amsterdam on May 5th, 1945 produced rare video footage of the actual plane. The 47 second long video was submitted by Els Kronenberg-Willems, whose father made the film, Het Parool reports.
An NS train engineer that made an emergency stop in a tunnel in Nijverdal on Liberation Day, was "under the influence" when he did so, AD reports after speaking to NS.
LGTB interest group COC is shocked and dismayed that "gay hater" Steen was allowed to play at Utrecht's Liberation Day festival on Thursday. The group is demanding an explanation and apology from the organization
The 14 Liberation Day festivals in the Netherlands on Thursday drew a record number of over a million people, according to the police. The most visited festivals were in Groningen, Zwolle, Wageningen and Haarlem.
Like everywhere else in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is celebrating a beautifully sunny Liberation Day on Thursday. As it is also Ascension Day, many Amsterdam residents have the day off to visit one of the many parties and events in the city.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte officially kicked off the Liberation Day celebrations by lighting the liberation fire in Groningen just after 1:00 p.m.
The Netherlands is set to have the sunniest Liberation Day ever on Thursday. Meteorologists at Weerplaza expects just over 14 hours of sunshine, thereby breaking the record stemming from 2000 when the sun shone on the country for exactly 14 hours
The National Committee for 4 and 5 May this year invited all asylum seekers to take part in Remembrance Day memorials and Liberation Day celebrations. For the first time the COA asked the Committee to involve asylum seekers in these two days, so that they can become used to Dutch traditions
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be attending the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on May 4th. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the opening of the National Liberation Day Celebration a day later in Groningen
Insurance company Interpolis estimated receiving some 1,500 damage claims after the storms and high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Liberation Day storm alone caused about a thousand reports, according to Telegraaf.
The storm that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday not only disrupted the Liberation Day parties, but also caused some damage across the country.
Despite the rainy weather, Prime Minister Mark Rutte lit the liberation fire in Vlissingen at 13:00 this afternoon, thereby giving the official go-ahead for all fourteen liberation parties in the Netherlands.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has issued a code yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and strong winds for the entire Netherlands on Liberation Day.
The construction of the ferry bridge over the IJ on Liberation Day today, may be impossible due to a passing cold front accompanied by rain, strong winds and possibly thunderstorms.
Dutch movie museum EYE releases rare color footage from World War II, surrounding Liberation Day 70 years after the liberation of Deventer. The film "How we saw the Netherlands" is filmed by Alex Roosdorp and his wife Marie Roosdorp - van den Berg and depicts ravaged towns, destroyed infrastructure and food plains after the Second World War, EYE reveals on their website.